The Comicle's SFGate site is reporting
A grand plan to destroy a chunk of the Interstate 280 freeway and convert the Caltrain depot and rail yard at Fourth and King streets into a neighborhood of high-rise condos, offices and retail and entertainment space will get a serious look in a $1.4 million study proposed by city planners.
The study, which is expected to take two years to complete, will look for the best way to transform the three-block-long rail yard into a new urban neighborhood before building the downtown rail extension that will bring Caltrain to the new Transbay Transit Center, the planned electrification of Caltrain and the opening of still-uncertain high-speed rail system, which would also go to the transit center.
Funny, this very localized study will get $1.4M but the other study being reported on that takes CalTrans to task was done for $270K by the U of Wisconsin! As reported in the Times, it concludes
Among the suggested changes were to focus on transportation projects that encourage more dense development rather than freeway-enabled sprawl. Also on the list: management changes to push innovation and more local control over decision-making.
I guess from the prairie perspective of Wisconsin on does not see the contradiction in encouraging more dense housing and more local control.......you get what you pay for with consultants.